Water Production Manager - Job Description (Sample)

Plans, organizes and supervises the daily operations and staff engaged in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water distribution or water production systems, including wells, storage reservoirs, booster stations, and pressure regulating valves. Position is subject to extended work hours and emergency call-out. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and (company) policies.Position functions primarily outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions, heavy traffic, high voltage equipment, gases, dust, odors, fumes, explosives, open manholes, and burn hazards. Heavy physical work; ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 75 pounds; ability to work in confined spaces and trenches; ability to hear warning sounds and conversations; visual acuity sufficient to conduct on-site assessments of conditions; ability to operate motorized vehicles and navigate about on even and uneven surfaces.


  • Plans, directs and coordinates all activities of assigned areas.
  • Prepares short and long-range plans for the assigned area to include financial analysis and project review.
  • Assists in the formulation and administration of departmental policies, plans and programs.
  • Takes active role or assures subordinate Supervisors take active role in developing employees by establishing individual employee goals and objectives.
  • Assures appropriate resources are available to obtain established goals and objectives.
  • Assures department orientation and in-service training programs are available to all employees.
  • Recommends appointments and promotions within the assigned area.
  • Works with the department manager and/or director in regards to dismissal of employees.
  • Assures employee evaluations are complete and accurate and meets all requirements.
  • Assists in preparation of assigned area’s budget and CIP and maintains authorized budget.
  • Confers with the department manager and/or director on problems encountered in assigned area.
  • Schedules, assigns, supervises and inspects the operation of the raw water pumping stations and water treatment facilities.
  • Inspects and maintains water sheds and aqueducts.
  • Regulates impoundment output of storage reservoirs to eliminate algae and other organic growth
  • Prepares periodic activity reports
  • Oversees the scheduling of employees for the water treatment facility.
  • Oversees the water operators in charge of producing potable water.
  • Monitor inventory.
  • Monitors operation of the reservoir in accordance with applicable permits.
  • Prepares and maintains necessary operation reports for County, City and State.
  • Extremely detailed understanding of the operation and maintenance of water treatment facilities and reservoirs.
  • Coordinates public relations for the reservoir and treatment facility.
  • Plans and directs the activities of employees engaged in the operation of potable water production. Supervises water treatment plant operators
  • Serves as head water treatment plant operator.
  • Subject to a twenty-four (24) hour call.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry or water plant operations 
  • Five (5) or more years related experience and/or training in water plant operations with some supervisory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must possess a valid (State) driver's license or have the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment date. No more than six (6) demerit points on driving record if required to drive Water Authority vehicles.
  • Possession of a valid Class I license from (State) Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation for Water Works and Wastewater Works.
  • Must regularly lift, carry and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally 100 pounds. Assistance is required on weight amounts above those listed. Failure to do so could result in injury and denied Workers Compensation benefits.

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